VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has named a Hong Kong theologian as the second highest-ranking official of the Vatican’s evangelisation congregation.

Salesian Fr Savio Hon Tai-Fai (right) will serve as secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, the Vatican announced on Dec 23. With the appointment, he will become an archbishop.

Fr Hon, 60, is a member of the International Theological Commission and the Pontifical Academy of Theology. He has taught theology at the Hong Kong seminary and also at a seminaries in China.

Fr Hon said he anticipates that the Roman Curia may consult him on China Church affairs because of his experience on the mainland. – CNS, UCAN